Moderating your calorie intake is the most important part of any weight loss plan. However, for most of us who work, lunching out is almost inevitable, and we know how hard it is to avoid high-calorie food when we eat our favourite local food. While there are still relatively low-calorie hawker food around, the easiest way to skip temptations is to pack your own lunch.
If you think this means boring salads, you’re wrong.
1. Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey
This is easy to make, and all you have to do is to pop it into your pantry’s oven to heat it up right before eating it.
Ingredients: Honey, lemon rind, goat cheese, cinnamon-raisin bread, fig preserves, fresh basil.
DV Tip: If you want this to have even lower calorie count, opt for wholemeal bread and go easy with the honey.
2. Stuffed Avocado
This is a very gratifying and refreshing treat that will satisfy you because avocado carries a huge amount of healthy fat content.
Ingredients: Lime, garlic, cayenne, yellow bell pepper, baby tomatoes, radish, avocado, cotija cheese, cilantro, scallion.
DV Tip: It’s tempting to overdose on avocados – don’t. Keep it to just one avocado at most and increase the number of baby tomatoes or bell pepper if you wish.
3. Potato-Cauliflower Soup
Soup is a comfort food that will fill you up and is super tasty too. The combination of potato and cauliflower gives you sufficient starch to keep you full, but with less calories than a full potato soup (cauliflower gives you the starchy texture but is lower in calories than potatoes, and is lower in carbohydrates content).
Ingredients: Cumin, olive oil, French or Italian bread, shallots, celery, cauliflower, gold potato, chicken broth, salt, red pepper, lemon juice, chives.
DV Tip: The soup only carries a calorie count of 171, so feel free to serve this with a small slice of bread.
4. Tofu Burger
Forget about McDonald’s burger and go for something wholesome like these ones!
Ingredients: Soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar, extra-firm tofu, olive oil, cheddar, alfalfa sprouts, radishes, whole-wheat rolls, toasted honey mustard.
DV Tip: If you can help it, forgo the cheddar and honey mustard.
5. Soba Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables
This takes a bit more time to prepare but it’s so flavourful, it’s worth it. Consider offering to share this with some of your colleagues so you won’t be wasting any of the ingredients – it’ll be easier to whip up a larger portion.
Ingredients: Chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin (sweet rice wine), Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong), soba (buckwheat noodles), canola oil, garlic, fresh ginger, chicken breast tenders, zucchini, carrot, toasted sesame seeds.
DV Tip: For a lower-calorie option, choose low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth and soy sauce. Trim fats from chicken meat too.